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    Problems After Delivery of Your Baby - Home Treatment

    Constipation and hemorrhoids

    Constipation and hemorrhoids may bother you after delivery. To prevent or ease these symptoms:

    • Eat a high-fiber diet with lots of fruits, vegetables, and whole grains.
    • Drink plenty of fluids, especially water and fruit juices.
    • Try a stool softener, such as Colace.
    • Do not strain (push hard) during a bowel movement.
    • Get more exercise every day.

    If you had a tear in your genital area during delivery (episiotomy), talk to your doctor before using any nonprescription suppositories for constipation.

    To treat the itching or pain of hemorrhoids:

    • Keep the anus clean by wiping carefully after each bowel movement. Gently wipe from the front to the back. Baby wipes or hemorrhoid pads are usually more gentle than toilet paper. If you use toilet paper, use only soft, undyed, unscented toilet paper.
    • Take warm soaks in a tub or a sitz bath. Warm water can help soothe hemorrhoids. Add baking soda to the water to relieve itching.
    • Use cold packs.
    • Do not sit for long periods, especially on hard chairs.

    Let your doctor know if you are having problems with constipation or hemorrhoids. He or she may recommend a nonprescription or prescription medicine to treat your hemorrhoids.

    Swelling

    If you had mild swelling from normal fluid buildup when you were pregnant, it may last for days or weeks after you deliver. You are most likely to notice this swelling in your face, hands, or feet. As your body changes back to how it was before you were pregnant, the swelling will go away.

    Weight loss

    Just as you slowly gained weight during your pregnancy, it may take some time to lose weight after your baby is born. Eat a nutritious diet and try to exercise daily. It may take 6 to 8 weeks for you to get back to your normal activities. As the body returns to its nonpregnant condition, many women feel they can manage their weight with healthy eating and exercise. If it is hard for you to lose weight from your pregnancy, talk to your doctor about your goals. If you are breast-feeding, it is important to get the right amount of calories and nutrients for your baby.

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